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While a good car, the Corolla is not one of the best in this crowded and competitive market segment. It does fairly well in most major areas of performance and design, but it doesn't stand out in any of them.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

While a good car, the Corolla is not one of the best in this crowded and competitive market segment. It does fairly well in most major areas of performance and design, but it doesn't stand out in any of them.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 3-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (125 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“Toyota makes great motors and Transmissions that last a very long time but when it comes to molding and body parts they make them not to last, and they are very costly to purchase”

Joseph S., OK (2002 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“peeling plastic Insulation? about window”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Headliner is loose. The back half of headliner is hanging down and partially blocks rear view”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The interior door trim on the driver's side was cracking. All of the interior trim was damaged by the sun even through I try and put up a sunscreen each time I park”

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior and exterior fit/ finish are very poor. Headliner failed early on, exterior trim and cheap door handle have failed”

Anonymous, UT (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Interior trim around windows is coming apart in pieces”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Vinyl plastic trim around headliner and doors have become brittle and snap off in large chunks”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“trim is old and weathert worn and brittle”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Exterior window base black molding flakes after 13 years, window interior molding warps with time from intense heat approximately 13 years. Cup holders and center console air conditioner vent grates broke after 13 years. Great car though”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Chips, especially on hood but not limited to that”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint has totally faded on the passanger roof and the rear trunk lid . I have a 86 Ford that has far better paint than the Toyota”

James C., AZ (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The color car I purchased and the hot State I live in most likely has a lot to do with the paint fade. I purchased a dark blue car and live in Oklahoma, but it would be nice if darker colored cars held their paint color better”

Joseph S., OK (2002 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Extensive exterior paint cracking and peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front doors have rust at the bottom corner”

Mary R., MO (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“De la rouille s`est install?dans le contour des ailes arri?s pr?des d?ecteurs de boue apr?la fin de la garantie antirouille de 10 ans prise chez le concessionnaire”

Anonymous, QC (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

“Corrosion of mufflers is another outcome of having road salt in winter in this area”

Donald H., NB (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler replaced with defective unit. Servicing organization had to order and install replacement. No additional charge, but took time”

Anonymous, ON (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Fell off due to rust”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler failure every 2 years or so”

George F., NY (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The muffler tail pipe bracket rusted and fell on the ground going over a bump”

Anonymous, ON (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

“clogged catalytic converter”

George B., NJ (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace the catalytic converter after more than 190000 miles”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light came on”

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light...analyzed to be catalytic converter. Has not been changed...could be sensor?”

Michael V., CO (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The trouble light came on and our service provider said that if we continued driving the car without replacing the converter the engine would be damaged. So, we replaced it”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Rotors

“Wear due to corrosion on the sliders on which the calipers sit. We have salted roads in winter so this is a normal occurrence in this area even with keeping white grease on the sliders”

Donald H., NB (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“Checked & replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes needed changing”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake pads needed replacement normal from wear. not from any abnormally”

Dana R., RI (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I had a leak near the rear rear rotors and ...some hydraulics leak or something like that. I have a good mechanic that finds different stuff”

Anonymous, MN (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“Corroded brake line that led to sudden catastrophic brake failure; pedal went to floor requiring a tow”

George F., NY (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It just squeaks at times. My emission problem is catalytic converter - must be replaced which I think is kind of early for a car with only 82K miles on it”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Replace breaks. Front end was pulling”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

“Power steering fluid hose leaking prematurely. Past Toyotas with twice the miles did not have this problem”

Margie C., MI (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Struts worn out on all four corners from rough roads”

Ben S., WA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“They wore out needed to be replaced”

Peter S., MN (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Cost of replacing shocks was high!”

William S., TX (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front struts worn out; needed replacement”

A R., SK (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Worn tie rod ends”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“worn out”

Cecil M., MI (2002 Toyota Corolla)

“steering wheel vibration”

Cecil M., MI (2002 Toyota Corolla)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

“driver door won't latch in cold weather”

Anonymous, IA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver's side interior door latch handle broke . Plastic handle broke at the connection of handle and the door lock rod . Needs to be metal part not plastic”

James C., AZ (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver's door handle broke”

Anonymous, MN (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Door handle failure- expensive to replace”

Anonymous, UT (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“the driver side door latch came apart and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

“Fixture became loose and had difficulty locating the proper piece”

Anonymous, MO (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Burnt out headlight, and complete permanent blurred over outside glass(?). Replaced headlights not just bulbs”

Anonymous, NH (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Turn signal relay switch failed. It was fixed by re-seating it in socket. Also, a turn signal light became unseated from its socket. It was fixed by filing the plastic base of the bulb”

Joe D., CA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Dome light does not function when car door open. Instrument panel back lighting does not function on one side”

Frederick R., PA (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Would only work drivers side door, not others--had to operate others manually”

Nancy G., TX (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Replaced O2 sensor, but still has issues with passing state inspection”

Ron C., TX (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“minor problem, I have not yet had the car repaired”

Ron C., TX (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced the Evap canister mounted behind the fuel tank”

Ian M., ON (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“burns a LOT of oil every time the engine revs over 2000 rpm. When I drive on the freeway, I use ~ 1qt every 200 miles. Car is not worth fixing”

Anonymous, IA (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Has worn engine rings which is very premature especially for a Toyota. Past Toyotas had 200,000 miles with no worn rings. Have also had several gaskets associated with the engine replaced due to oil leaking”

Margie C., MI (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked head gasket. Too expensive to repair”

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Replaced compressor”

William V., BC (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This also relates to the "noises". I had my mechanic remove the compressor because it was making a horrible noise and repairing it was not worth the expense as I was shopping for a new used car”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“zero cooling. used product to refill system bought from Autozone. first try. user error. second try WORKED GOOD!! yea! not sure how"bad"the leak is.. will see this summer”

J M., NY (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Probably due to age: items deteriorated”

Nancy G., TX (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Suspension clunks. Unfound rattle..maybe in door”

Michael V., CO (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear links replaced due to wear out”

Ian M., ON (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“toyota makes a good car don't get me wrong but they knew about the piston design problems that causes too much oil usage in camarys and corollas and did nothing to fix the problem. No recalls”

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Despite doing per-purchase research I discovered post purchase that these have a known problem where Toyota used an oversize piston ring to resolve a manufacturing problem. The car uses a quart of oil every 600-900 miles and I will have to have the e”

Lloyd M., CO (2002 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Worn head gasket caused engine oil leak and rough idle”

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

“poor reception and sound quality”

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio does not work at all”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission completely failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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